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Columns

  • Each year, Anderson Woods touches campers, staff

    By NOAH GATWOOD
    Guest Columnist

    There are lots of activities that campers can look forward to at Anderson Woods. A not-for-profit summer camp for those with special needs, Anderson Woods is a summer staple for many local kids and adults who are looking for some quality time in the great outdoors.

    For others, however, summer camp is a new experience and it can be an anxious time.

  • The decline of youth sports leagues

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ
    Guest Columnist

    Participation in organized youth sports leagues for baseball, football, basketball and soccer declined by 4 percent between 2008-12, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. National experts speculate on several reasons for this decline, including a squeeze on family finances caused by the Great Recession, increased concern about injury and too many kids playing video games instead of the real thing.

  • Discover your family history

    By MOLLY HALL
    Guest Columnist

    To celebrate Perry County’s 200th year, a certificate and pin will be given at a pinning ceremony Nov. 1 to individuals who fill out a First Family of Perry County application.

    This program was set up to honor our Perry County ancestors who braved the virgin Indiana Territory through the end of the Civil War.
    For many, this program has brought awareness of whom their Perry County ancestors were, how they lived and believed and, for some, answered questions about their family’s folklore.

  • Save your skin from the sun

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I recently spotted a teenager at a county fair with a painful looking sunburn. I didn’t know him so I don’t know how he got the burn, but he spent far too long in the sun with either no or definitely not enough sunscreen.

    I’ve been in his skin before. I try hard to avoid burns as an adult because I know increased sun damage increases the chances for all types of skin cancer, including the most serious, melanoma.

  • Serving on interim committees

    Richard Young
    District 47 State Senator

    Just because the latest session has concluded at the Statehouse doesn’t mean the hard work ends. This summer and fall I have been selected to serve on several interim study committees that will conduct in-depth research and analysis on numerous complex issues facing our state.

  • Don’t bully the breed

    Trina Severson
    Feature Writer
    lifestyles@perrycountynews.com

    Dog bites and attacks –  and the associated media coverage – have created quite a stir recently. Dog bites are serious stuff and, because of their size and lack of experience around dogs, children are at a much greater risk of being bitten and sustaining injury.

    As a community, we’re smart to recognize this as an issue and work toward solutions.

  • Perry Central offers the best of hometowns

    Jody French
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: This is one in an occasional series of articles by readers who have made Perry County their home or who have returned here after several years. Columns are coordinated by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, which is an umbrella group of the Perry County Development Corp.

  • Money down the drain

    JACK JOYCE
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Good heavens, George ,you’re drinking Jimmy’s coffee? It helps you think? It would help me think, too. I would think that I didn’t want anymore of Jimmy’s coffee. And what the heck are you doing with all of these napkins? It looks like you are calculating the national debt.

    Yes, I can guess what you are doing. That amount, $42.74, looks extremely familiar.

  • Ferry mystery solved

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    A contractor not following the correct specifications for an interpretive panel under construction at Lincoln Ferry Park had to remove the structure this spring. It will be rebuilt later this year.

    Thus ends the mystery of the concrete and frame structure that was built in front of the park, located just across the Anderson River in Spencer County along Indiana 66. In a column last week, I wrote about the project and its sudden disappearance.

  • What was being built at Lincoln Ferry Park?

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    It’s not that uncommon to get stumped on a story but true mysteries are pretty rare for me. After a couple of weeks of asking questions, I still don’t know what was being built at the Lincoln Ferry Park near Troy and was subsequently disassembled. Perhaps someone knows what was being constructed and the individual or group behind it.